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To the Editor: I read with interest an Aug. 5 letter "U.S. Needs Comprehensive Health Care Reform" written by a River Falls Resident. The letter seems to promote the Canadian Health Care System. My suggestion is: if you like the Canadian Health Care System, move there. How many U.S. citizens go to Canada for their health care needs? It's not uncommon for Canadians to come here for their health care needs. And when the River Falls resident tires of the Canadian system, move to Great Britain and enjoy that health care system.
To the Editor: It has been brought to my attention that a letter is being sent to area businesses asking for a donation to help underprivileged youths. The letter states that it is from the Minnesota Jaycees. They have booked the Twin Bluff auditorium Sept. 23 for a magic show. The letter asks for a donation of $10 per child to allow more children into the show. The letter gives a post office box where the donation may be mailed.
To the Editor: We live in a wonderful town. Almost every day during the week, at least one of our classes takes a "field trip" around Red Wing. The people we pass along the way are so friendly, waving and greeting the children. The children enjoy our walks and it gives us an opportunity to talk about the different businesses, jobs, and people in our community. What a busy place it is. We'd like to say thanks for saying hello to us as you go about your day and ...
To the Editor: Well said, Carol Duff, thank you (R-E, Aug. 7). I especially am concerned about possible job losses at R-E and also the senior citizens of Red Wing who also have helped in making Red Wing what it is and who are often a part of the local news. The senior community in Red Wing especially looks forward to receiving the R-E five days a week. As a good friend pointed out to me: "How will we get funeral information in time if the R-E only prints twice a week?" I now live out of state and enjoy the R-E online.
To the Editor: In Steve Murphy's last letter, (R-E, July 17) he claims that the DFL-led Legislature passed a responsible, sustainable budget. To the DFL, "responsible" means increased taxes to save government jobs. Forget private sector jobs. Higher taxes mean chasing private business out of the state which we will have with the DFL plan.
To the Editor: The House passed an additional $2 billion spending bill to struggling automakers for giving car owners a $4,500 subsidy to trade in clunkers for an energy efficient car to boost the economy. (How about a struggling people subsidy?) It will probably pass the Senate. What a joke. I disagree with this program, especially in this critical economy, along with all the other handouts given. It keeps the rich getting richer and the poor and poorer struggling more and more. Quit all the bailouts. No more subsidies.
To the Editor: In regards to an opinion by Craig Livingstone (R-E, July 31) -- Dear Mr. Livingstone, evidently you missed the rest of the Waterloo news story. It rebuffed Sen. Jim DeMint's statement as radical and simply ill-willed, as were similar comments along the same lines wishing the president fail by all of the other far right wing people over the edge of reality. Let me fill you in on what the real general consensus is. If you don't agree with the president's policies, please let us hear your alternative solution, sit and debate the facts and issues.
To the Editor: Scare tactics rather than facts have been embraced by opponents to universal health care. Twice in three newspapers during one week, the R-E chose to run editorial cartoons by the cartoonist Breen of San Diego. July 25th's editorial cartoon superimposed a hammer-and-sickle on the Red Cross, calling it "Obama-care." On July 29, in case this was too subtle, Breen wrote out "Socialism" in front of Nancy Pelosi, dressed in a nurse's uniform. Universal health care = the Red menace; fear-mongering instead of analysis.
To the Editor: Can we afford not to reform health care insurance? The system is broke and for-profit insurance companies will continue to raise premiums and deny claims if we do nothing. Whether you desire HR 3200, public option plan, or HR 676, single-payer plan, make your desires known to senators and representatives. It would also help to call the White House. State who you are, your ZIP code and which plan you desire. Congress is hung up on the public option and would dilute it, making it ineffective.
To the Editor: I noticed the Republican Eagle recently ran a letter from an area resident with concerns about the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP (R-E, July 18). I share the reader's concerns, which is why I recently co-sponsored two pieces of legislation to ensure that taxpayer TARP funds are well-spent. The first of these bipartisan bills is S. 1280, the TARP Recipient Ownership Trust Act of 2009, which would create a private market trust to maximize returns on taxpayer investments in institutions aided by TARP.